Porsche working on the 984 a.k.a. a 918 Spyder with four-doors

Article by Christian A., on August 28, 2013

As you may know already, Porsche is planning to roll out the limited edition 918 Spyder and we will definitely see this beauty in Germany, at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. What we don’t know is that the 918 Spyder came in well above budget and needed more brainpower over a longer time period that originally allocated.

Due to these problems, Porsche might offer a new sports car dubbed 984, which will use a stretched and reinforced version of the carbon fiber cradle used by the 918. What’s more interesting is that the new car will keep the B8 engine used by the 918 Spyder, will be rear-wheel drive and will offer room for four persons and… two extra doors!

Sounds pretty crazy, but it appears that Porsche will built the new car and will offer it for approximately 350,000 euros, half of the 918 Spyder price. The car could be an alternative to the Porsche Panamera Turbo S, but with better performances.

Porsche disclosed that the 918 Spyder is an excellent representation when it comes to the spirit of the Porsche idea. As such, it has that purebred motor racing technology mixed with remarkable everyday suitability. It delivers maximum performance but with minimum consumption. In general, this latest release from Porsche is influenced mainly from its association with racing.

The 918 Spyder utilizes various developments implemented on the Porsche race car that participated during the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans. The reverse is true as well, meaning the race car also benefited from developments on the 918 Spyder. The structural concept of this new model for example is based on what is known as a rolling chassis, which is a chassis that has no bodywork.

This type of structure is typically done on Porsche race cars. For the V8 engine, the design is inspired by the Le Mans Prototype 2 race car, or LMP2, which is the RS Spyder. Further, the unit carriers and the supporting monocoque structures are composed of CFRP or carbon fiber reinforced plastic. This is not everything that the 918 Spyder can offer as once it officially debuts at the IAA 2013, it will signal the beginning of a new chapter that is the hybrid drive’s future.

It is because of this that the excitement for this particular flagship project is not limited to technology pioneers. The 918 Spyder is expected to showcase the hybrid drive’s potential in a way that has never been seen.

This model manages to enhance, in a parallel manner, the performance and efficiency but without having a negative impact on either. For those familiar, this is the same principle that has resulted in the Porsche 911 being the world’s most successful sports car for half a century. What this implies is that the 918 Spyder has the natural blueprint for it to become the brand’s sports car of the future.

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